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M981 FIST-V


Laser Designator Battlefield Support Vehicle (1987)


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The M981 FIST-V was used during the 1991 Gulf War but was eventually given up in favor of the Bradley and Stryker series.



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The M981 FIST-V vehicle was developed as a derivative (and upgrade) of the M901 ITV Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) carrier. The FIST-V was used strictly for designating targets (via laser) for attack and did not take on targets directly as the original M901 ITV vehicle was designed to do. The FIST-V series was intended to be used as an artillery observation platform, its chassis based on the original ubiquitous M113 APC (detailed elsewhere on this site).

The complete M981 system was fielded with a Targeting Station Control Device (TSCD), a Ground Vehicle Laser Locator Designator (G/VLLD), a periscope and a single 7.62mm M60 machine gun (the latter for close-in self-defense or suppression of nearby enemy forces). Four SINCGARS radios were also showcased in the design as were 8 x smoke grenade dischargers (for self-screening). Much like the M901 ITV before it, the M981 FIST-V could extend and collapse the turret component for laser designation or travel respectively.

FIST-V vehicles were used during the 1991 Gulf War but their role was eventually overtaken by the M2 Bradley and Stryker family of vehicles.

Specifications



Service Year
1987

Origin
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United States

Crew
3
CREWMEN
Production
550
UNITS


United Defense LP - USA
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Anti-Tank / Anti-Armor
Base model or variant can be used to track, engage, and defeat armored enemy elements at range.


Length
15.9 ft
4.86 m
Width
8.8 ft
2.68 m
Height
11.2 ft
3.41 m
Weight
26,455 lb
12,000 kg
Tonnage
13.2 tons
LIGHT
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base M981 FIST-V production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x Chrysler A-710-B V-8 engine delivering 215 horsepower at 4,000rpm.
Speed
40.0 mph
(64.3 kph)
Range
199.5 mi
(321.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base M981 FIST-V production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x 7.62mm M60 Medium Machine Gun (MMG)
2 x 4 Smoke grenade dischargers


Supported Types


Graphical image of a tank medium machine gun
Graphical image of tank /armored vehicle smoke grenade dischargers


(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
8 x Smoke Grenades


M981 - Base Series Designaion
M981A3 - Improved variant


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